billion-dollar-a-year illegal trafficking of small arms.

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* The first United Nations conference to curtail the billion-dollar-a-year illegal trafficking of small arms concluded July 21, 2001, with 189 nations agreeing to the watered-down version the Bush administration had been pressing for. The diluted plan makes no call to limit weapons sales or to restrict civilian gun ownership and left many Africans, Europeans, and human rights groups angry, protesting that the pact will neither control gun ownership nor block governments from arming guerrillas. According to Dafna Linzer of the Associated Press, the United States refused to support "any measure...

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